What classes and grade levels do you teach? 

I teach Computer to students in Kindergarten through Eighth grade.

What do you love about Ware Academy? 

I love the sense of community that comes from the small size of our school.

What motivated you to become a teacher at Ware? 

I became a teacher at Ware after both of my children attended pre-school here.  I was impressed with the community of dedicated teachers, involved parents, and wonderful classmates that they had become a part of.

What is a unique experience, talent or interest that you bring to your classroom to help shape the learning experience of your students? 

I have a profound love for outdoor adventures and the lessons that these experiences can teach.  I am grateful that Ware allows me share this sense of adventure with my students through our annual class trips to the mountains and rivers of the Chesapeake Bay watershed.  This time spent away from the classroom is a valuable addition to their academic experience here.

What sets Ware students apart from students in other schools? 

My students are comfortable in this learning environment.  This means that they are willing to put forth their best effort, ask for assistance, stand up for their views, and effectively collaborate with their classmates.

What do you want your students to gain from having known you? 

I hope that all of my students gain a feeling of personal responsibility, both in their academic career and throughout their lives.  I like to remind them; “You are always free to choose, but you are not free from the consequences of your choices”.


What classes and grade levels do you teach? 

Hi. My name is Cristina Fulton and I teach all eleven grade levels here at Ware Academy. Back in early October (2015) I was asked to be the long term Spanish sub.  I had been to Ware a few times for enrichment days but didn’t know much about the school.  I was a bit scared on that day, as I had not been in a classroom since my daughter was born.  Thank goodness that teaching is like riding a bike. It came back quickly and I remembered why I had chosen to teach as my profession. I was in love…all over again.

What do you love about Ware Academy? 

I love that Ware is a small school that feels like a family.  The children here at Ware are different. Not only have they grown up together for the most part but they go out of their way to be kind and respectful. We have the opportunity to teach our Ware kids without the limitations public school puts on their teachers.

There is no greater feeling than when a small child gives you a hug and tells you they love you and your class.  To see that a lower school student has had a complete change of heart about the subject you teach and go from D’s to B’s and A’s, or the satisfaction of seeing the light bulb moment go off in an older child’s head when they understand a particularly difficult grammatical concept is a reward beyond any other.

Why do you like teaching at Ware?

I like that I don’t feel limited as a teacher here at Ware, that I can teach my students important cultural and grammatical concepts without teaching to a test.

What is a unique experience, talent or interest that you bring to your classroom to help shape the learning experience of your students? 

I feel that I have much to teach my students, not just about Spanish but about culture as well. I have been traveling for as long as I can remember. I’ve been blessed to visit Europe (several times), South America (almost every country) and almost every state on the East Coast. I go back to South America every summer and I would love to have my students participate in my trips via videos through Google Docs.  I believe that culture is an integral part of education. Knowing how people around the globe celebrate, eat, dance and live their daily lives broadens our horizons and enriches our own lives as well. Passing on the love of travel, culture and the importance of being bilingual is part of my goal as a foreign language teacher.

What sets Ware students apart from students in other schools? 

Students at Ware are smart, funny and outgoing, but what sets them apart is the thriving environment in which they attend class every day. Having teachers that are free to conduct their class in a small environment, to give individualized attention and to be free to be creative is an asset that cannot be found in many public schools where class sizes are restrictive.

What do you want your students to gain from having known you? 

I want my students to leave my class not only with a better knowledge of Spanish, but with a better knowledge of the world around them, with an open mind, with knowledge of boarders beyond our beautiful peninsula. I want them to know that the world is changing and that means that we need to change along with it. Spanish is going to become an essential part of our future in America and I want my students to be prepared, both linguistically and culturally.


 

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